My 2.5 yo has always been a pretty horrible sleeper. He has never slept longer than a 4 hour stretch...in his whole life. I nursed him on demand day and night until he was 2, then we night weaned. His sleep didn't get any better.
Lately he has been waking up at 4am, screaming. This morning was especially bad. He woke up screaming, "I'm tired!!" I said, "ok honey, lay down and go back to sleep, I'm right here next to you." "No! I'm not tired!!"..."Ok, if you're not tired, you may go play with your toys. Mama is very tired though, so I'm going to sleep." "I'm tired!!" And the cycle continued for FIVE HOURS. He was either screaming about being tired or not tired, or he was screaming about wanting the door open and not wanting the door open, or he was screaming about wanting a drink and not wanting a drink.
This has been going on in some way or another for the past three weeks. Just this morning was the worst. He is taking daily naps for two hours. I keep him on a very strict schedule because I've learned things get especially bad when his routine is off. He goes to bed at the same time every night. He doesn't have any trouble napping (at least lately) or falling asleep. He just can't stay asleep.
He goes to bed at 7pm, sleeps until 11pm, then is up every hour to hour and a half after that. All night long. Since he was born pretty much.
I put him to bed in his room that he shares with his big brother. He falls asleep on his own, and sleeps there until 11pm. If he had his own room, I would work on keeping him in his own bed for the whole night because I think he would sleep better, but I know a lot of screaming would be involved and I don't want to disrupt his brothers sleep. So, at 11pm, I bring him into our bed, and the nightly marathon begins.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Why is he acting like a crazy person and contradicting himself for hours on end? I know he's overtired, but he's overtired because he keeps waking up. He is not over stimulated during the day, he gets a good nap, he is given the opportunity to sleep every night, but is just not doing it!
Any response would be greatly appreciated. I'm feeling pretty alone here since all of my friends kids have been STTN for years now.